Postgraduate and Research - Research and Publications
Research and Publication activities done by HKMU staff
Statement from the Director of Postgraduate Studies and Research Prof. Sylvester Kajuna
At the time of Tanzania’s independence in 1961, it was possible for a knowledgeable person to be able to understand the full impact of scientific discovery of that time. Five decades later, it is hard to keep up with the furious pace of research advances even in one’s own discipline. While some people in our society might view this rapid growth of scientific knowledge as an indication that we’ve pretty much covered all that needs to be discovered, the application and impact of academic research on our daily lives continues apace. The truth is that we can’t really begin to imagine what the world will be like in the next 50 years. But we do know for sure it will be fundamentally different from today; and we can be certain that it will be different because of science, technology and innovation which will almost certainly start out in the university research environment.
Research is not only critical to the economic and social development of our society; it is also critical to the vision and mission of our University. Research benefits are, by all means, obvious - for example, benefits of an economic kind (a new product, technology or service), a social kind (increased knowledge of relevance to policy makers), of an environmental kind (improved techniques to ensure sustainable food production), of a cultural kind (increased understanding of cultural values or social approaches) or of a health kind (a better understanding of the causes of medical conditions or better means of delivering health services). You, as part of the HKMU academic fraternity, can clearly see where you fit or where your priorities are. Let us wake up and play our part!
For some of our colleagues, the benefit of research may not be so obvious. Nevertheless, it is this research which is the foundation for knowledge that makes possible so much of the innovation and application that provides wider benefit. There is a large element of serendipity in research and we need to acknowledge that for every successful connection between research and application, there are many projects that will not succeed in the same way. But such research, nevertheless, adds to the stock of global knowledge and provides the source of new ideas, methods, techniques and innovation across a whole range of disciplinary and multi-disciplinary areas. There is no doubt that the emphasis on the social, cultural, economic and environmental impacts of research has increased greatly. This has been partly driven by the debate over the impact and quality of research and also by a pragmatism that applied research is more likely to persuade funding bodies to spend on research.
Our country’s economy is based very strongly on technology and innovation - and in contemporary times that centres on the resources sectors of agriculture, energy and minerals. And as Tanzania continues to pursue her national research agenda, our society should be able to look to a vast range of opportunities to build a future economy based on the existing strengths of our resources wealth complemented by research from this University. Of course, one of the most distinct attributes of an excelling University is the engagement of its staff in extending frontiers of knowledge, and making novel knowledge breakthroughs, through research.
Please find below the attached list of research and publication activities done by HKMU staff from 2000 to 2014.